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Billy Baldwin
(1903 - November 25, 1983) USA

Billy Baldwin

Interior decorator

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William Baldwin, Jr., known as Billy Baldwin and nicknamed Billy B, was born in Roland Park, Maryland and studied architecture at Princeton, dropping out after two years.

Starting in 1935, he was employed by Ruby Ross Wood, and when she died in 1950, he took over the firm. In 1952, he formed his own firm, Baldwin and Martin, with Edward Martin. They designed the homes and apartments of many well-known people, including the White House of John F. Kennedy. His clients included Cole Porter, Mary Wells Lawrence, Billy Rose, Rachel Lambert Mellon and Paul Mellon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Mike Nichols, Harvey Ladew, William S. Paley, Barbara Hutton and Diana Vreeland.

Billy was a well known New York interior decorator. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1974. In 1972, Billy Baldwin designed a line of furniture. Included in this collection is the famous Slipper Chair; Billy was the original designer of the slipper chair. This collection continues to be manufactured by the Billy Baldwin Studio. He retired in 1973. Billy Baldwin died on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

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